Trump Supporters, Opponents Clash in California Park
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 14:35
About 200 people were at Berkeley's Martin Luther King Jr. The City of Berkeley Police Department posted on its Twitter account images showing some "prohibited items", including a knife, removed from the site in the downtown park area.
Fireworks and smoke bombs were thrown into the demonstrators and some of them were doused with pepper spray. Hundreds of police personnel were deployed at the scene as fistfights broke out between the groups.
They said, "This is the best way to keep yourself and others safe, and it allows police to intervene safely".
Defend the Bay, a group that advertises itself as against the self-described "alt-right", suggested protesters bring food to share, along with a mask or other covering to hide their identity from police. Police initially reported 15 arrests, but later tweeted out a correction.
One of the most widespread concerns about Trump's presidency was that his disrespectful attitudes towards women and minorities would foment a permissive culture of misogyny and racism among his supporters. According to the Berkeley Police Department, paramedics treated 11 people with injuries, including seven who were transported to local hospitals.
Protesters began pushing, shoving and hitting people on the opposite side.
In order to prevent a bloody riot, city leaders had announced that pipes, bats, bricks, rocks, glass bottles, shields, pepper spray, sticks, and other potentially risky items were not allowed at the park during the rallies.
More than 150 protest rallies and marches were held throughout the country in major cities, such as Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, and Philadelphia. "They believe in freedom, they're libertarians, they believe they shouldn't be attacked", Trump supporter Ossian Morris said.
The plans for the events prompted the cancellation of this week's farmers' market in the park, which is held regularly on Saturdays.
According to TMZ, a group of anti-Trump protesters marching for Tax Day, in an effort to get the president to release his taxes, reportedly clashed at Martin Luther King Jr.
Police intervene as Trump supporters clash with protesters in Berkeley. Police arrested 20 people as the protest with charges including assault with a deadly weapon and several felony assaults. In February, a scheduled appearance by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled amid a violent protest at the University of California, Berkeley.
City officials imposed a one-day rule for the protest.